Intentional Living Practices For a Joyful Life
At the beginning of the year, I set about reading up on intentional living and bringing more purpose to my life in order to create more flow and joy. When goal setting I think we often get stuck in the realms of doing things that we think we should be doing drawn from comparisons and getting lost in the noise of everyone else instead of tuning into ourselves.
This approach is something that I’ve used in the past and it stems from setting ‘doing goals’ that have one outcome and are very fixed. For example, a doing goal maybe “I want to travel more” or “I want to lose weight.” The problem with setting goals this way is that they lack purpose and soul, therefore less likely to bring you joy.
A game changer for me is when I started to set goals focused on how I want to feel, a top tip I learned from Danielle La Porte and The Desire Map. Setting goals with the aim of wanting to feel is a definite way to cultivate more alignment and live a life more connected with your core values. An example of goal setting focused on how you want to feel may look like, “I want to feel healthier” or “I want to feel more vibrant.” Getting clear around how you’d like to feel helps to create more intention around your goals and how you’re going to achieve this feeling.
I’m always helping my coaching clients set goals to move them forward to where they want to be and we often discuss how they’re hoping these goals are going to help them feel once they’ve achieved them.
Goal setting can sometimes send your head into a spin and this is when you can become unstuck and start seeking inspiration elsewhere that’s not particularly aligned with where you are at that moment. I’ve outlined 3 exercises centred around intentional living that you can do to bring more purpose to your goals in order for you to live more joyfully.
Write a Letter to Your Future Self
This a great exercise to get you critically thinking about how you would like your future to look and the goals that you can set yourself to help you move forward. Not only will it help to shape a more intentional future, but it will help you re-evaluate your current situation and get you thinking about what steps you’ve put in place to reach your current goals.
Describe Your Perfect Day
This is something that I get my clients to do in our first session together and it’s a simple way to tap into intentional living. I ask them to share their perfect day from waking up to going to bed. I love this exercise because it allows them to envision and get clarity around their goals, dreams and how they want their life to look in the future. Plus, it’s a great way to compare their current situation and identify steps or changes to help them get there.
Get Real About What Brings You Joy
This can be a tough one because it can be hard to sieve through your life and start to declutter the things that no longer serve you, especially if you hold a special connection with them.
It’s key that we book in regular moments to checking in with ourselves for many different reasons, but it’s a great way to use this time to get real about what’s bringing you joy. When we give ourselves this time to reflect we instantly create more clarity and space in our lives for the thing that really makes us happy.
I’d love to hear in the comments about how you go about goal setting. Are you interested in intentional living? Do you want to bring more intention to your everyday?